Navigating the journey to responsible production or sourcing of agricultural commodities can be a daunting prospect for companies. Whatever a company’s size, scale or geographic footprint, starting out on that journey involves bringing a lot of people along with you, establishing a broad understanding and buy-in, as well as developing deeper knowledge at certain levels.

Proforest supports companies through this journey within its ACRES framework. ACRES is the Proforest approach to Agricultural Commodity Responsible Production and Sourcing that guides companies through five steps:

  • Strategy and policy
  • Understand the supply base
  • Plan interventions
  • Engage within and beyond supply chains
  • Monitor and report

We work throughout the entire supply chain, from growers and traders to retailers and brands, supporting companies in these five steps in both responsible sourcing and production. Whatever stage of the supply chain, our focus is on practical implementation, built on 20 years of practical experience working within supply chains, landscapes and across sectors. We share that practical experience in a number of ways, including training, developing tools, providing guidance and bringing people together to discuss implementation on the ground.

We have applied the five element approach of ACRES to a suite of commodity toolkits: Soy, Beef and Palm initially, with further commodities to follow. Each toolkit is a guide to the various initiatives and tools available to help decouple commodity production and trading from deforestation, conversion of native vegetation and human rights violations.  In addition, we are developing guidance for a voluntary protocol for cattle buyers from the Cerrado grasslands in Brazil. The Toolkits and the Cerrado Protocol are developed to provide a practical accompaniment to the Accountability Framework, to allow companies a methodical way of implementing the Framework’s indicator criteria.

The Responsible Sourcing Toolkits, developed by Proforest, provide a practical, accessible resource for companies to use in training, developing strategy, and supporting implementation of commitments. They were made possible by partnerships with and funding from the Good Growth Partnership’s Demand Project, thanks to financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and co-funding from UK Aid from the UK government via its Forest Governance, Markets and Climate programme. We also acknowledge co-funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation through CDP, as well as a financial contribution from McDonald’s Corporation.

Visit the Soy Toolkit

Visit the Palm Oil Toolkit

Visit the Beef Toolkit

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